Re: My second great grandmother from Pommern #records #poland


In (free) you can find three children of Herman and Henriette Toppel, born in Rochester, NY but later living in Cleveland, OH. In ancestry there is a "Horn family tree of Rochester" showing Henriettes parents and siblings.The family came to USA about 1870. Father William Horn died 1895 and mother Caroline Burbat/Burbot(?) 1913.
I think the family name of Herman is Toppel. Son Edward used this spelling.
Gunnar Leman

Re: Conference Handout for Bialystok Area Jewish Genealogy Group Session #JewishGenUpdates


Hi Mark,
I enjoyed your talk on the state of Bialy-Gen. I had a few questions (I missed the first 10 minutes of your presentation, so you may have answered this then in your remarks- my apologies):
-What un-indexed records are available for Bialystok proper? I saw the slide where it mentioned 9100 revision list records, and 1400 additional vital records - but I wasn't clear if that was New Additions or what was waiting to be Indexed.
-What is the suggested donation on JRI-Poland to receive access? 
-(unrelated to above) I saw Sokolka on the list of towns for the 1891 revision lists, and earlier vital records. Do you know if any of these records includes the nearby Koloneja Izaaka / Isaakovskaya Koloniya / Izaak Colony? I know there are (at least) revision lists extant that Irwin Keller was kind enough to share, and it seemed it was sometimes folded into the larger Sokolka's files.
Daniel Eig 
From Bialystok: Epstein, Kurianski, and Rogal
PS - thanks to the tip by a participant in the chat on the Bialystoker Album/Yizkor book, I was able to track down a digitized copy posted on the NYPLs site - it had photos I've never seen before of my great-grandmother (and founding member of the Bialystoker Home) Freida (Rogal) Epstein, and one photo that I'm pretty sure is of my grandfather :)

Re: REINOWITZ rabbinical family, Vilkaviskis #rabbinic #lithuania

Chaim freedman

There are many books, mainly in Hebrew , with lengthy rabbinic family genealogies.
see some of my research at
Chaim Freedman

Re: Need help finding information about family from Khiton in Bessarbia #bessarabia

R Jaffer

From the 1854 revision list you can find by searching the Bessarabia records under Romania-Moldova database, the family lived in Khotin and you learn all the names and ages of Kelman's family as well as the names and ages of his brother Motya's family. Only Motya is listed as a merchant at that time. Their father, Yos, is listed in 1848 as head of household with more names and ages. Lay out that large tree which can be the basis for your future research though DNA, future records on JewishGen, US research, and through joining the facebook group:

If you search the surname through the JewishGen unified search, you will find one family member who survived the Holocaust and multiple burials under JOWBR to explore. You can also explore the Shoa records at Yad Vashem.

You should also make a donation for the translation of in which your family is mentioned:
"Let me also mention the brewery, whichh employed 35-40 people. The owner was Leybish Bukaresku, who had ten children, and was a follower of the Sadigura Hassidic leader. The brewery became famous, and was later moved to Czernowitz."
Those who died are listed in the back of the book under the spelling of BUKARTZKI.

Happy hunting,
Roberta Jaffer

Re: "Holy Silence" Documents Vatican's Role in the Holocaust #announcements #holocaust

Mark Shernicoff

The link to see the movie doesn't seem to be working.  I registered as requested and then clicked on Click to Watch and a still picture comes up with no way to view the movie.

Re: What's a Cutter? #usa #general

Larry Gaum

Barbara Singer speaks of “ Machine Operators?”
In 1910? When the bulk of Eastern European Jews came to USA and Canada? No such thing. Suits,(garments) were made by hand. The Schneider (Tailor), cut the cloth with a pattern, put it together, did the sowing, fabricated a suit ,
And Voila, all done. This man, or woman, were tailors, Schneiders. Period.
In the late 1920s-30s, made to measure hand made garments gave way to the machine or ready made suits putting lots of Schneiders out of a job. Including my maternal grandfather, Louis Marshall, who lived in Nova Scotia.
Larry Gaum

Re: REINOWITZ rabbinical family, Vilkaviskis #rabbinic #lithuania

Chaim freedman

See some of my research
chaim Freedman

Re: looking for the surname of Ejdyngier #names


I have an extensive Ejdyngier tree-- (many originated in Lodz area) please e-mail me privately to see if there is a connection.
Mady Land

Re: What's a Cutter? #usa #general

Larry Gaum

A cutter is referred to in Yiddish as a Schneider. A Schneider was in essence a tailor. Quite simple. We are making a big tsimmis here about nothing. “ Tsimmis”. A concoction, a stew, containing carrots, Tsebulas (onions), maybe a Knoble, (garlick), kartofle (potato), or in Belarusian, a bulba.
Good luck
Larry Gaum

Help needed with a translation from what appears to be hebrew or yiddish text in my DAVISON grand-mother prayerbook ? #translation #yiddish #germany

Francis AMAR

Many thanks in advance,
Francis AMAR - Geneva / Switzerland

LIVERPOOL HOPE PLACE SYNAGOGUE Book re 1836 to 1930. #unitedkingdom #records

Richard Gilbert

You could also try the Liverpool Central Library. They may have a copy of the book.

There is a copy of it for sale on Amazon -

JCR-UK has some information about the Hope Place Synagogue which can be seen at

Finally, there’s the Liverpool branch of the Jewish Historical Society of England. They may know of or have a copy of the book you are after -

Again, I hope this helps.

Kind regards,

Richard Gilbert
Hertfordshire, England

St Anne's Lancashire during WW2 #unitedkingdom


Were you evacuated during WW2?   Do you have memories of the help that the St Anne’s Jewish community   gave to evacuees and refugees?

A project between Swansea University and the JSCN is seeking to re-discover the hidden and sometimes displaced Jewish histories of six localities across England including St Annes. If you have any connection with the town please contact me, Hilary Thomas

at hiltone


Re: ViewMate translation request of a Ketubah #translation

Reuven Mohr

maybe the father of the bride's name was Ze'ev (=Wolf), and here they spelled it phonetically: Zeiv

Re: REINOWITZ rabbinical family, Vilkaviskis #rabbinic #lithuania

Jill Whitehead

My Brin/Brown family from next door Vishtinetz/Wiestieniec/Wistitten/Vistytis  (a few miles from Vilkaviskis) and Edinburgh were rabbinical. One of the Browns/Brins married a Renovitsky, which seems rather similar to Renovitch.    

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: ViewMate translation request of a Ketubah #translation

Reuven Mohr

not sure about Fruma's father's name, (looks like Zoib/Zuib?) - 
but the date I see two possibilities:
(2 Ellul 5603 = Mon, 28 Aug 1843;) or more likely
2 Ellul 5653 = Mon, 14 aug 1893;

Re: Translation of a Hebrew tombstone #translation


Her husband's name was David Friedman.
She died the 2nd day of Passover which is the 16th of Nissan.

Re: ViewMate translation request of a Ketubah #translation


Moshe son of Tzvi
Fruma daughter of Zev
The year is 1893

Re: ViewMate translation request of a Ketubah #translation


Fruma, daughter of Zev

Re: ViewMate translation request of a Ketubah #translation

David Shapiro

Bride's father's name is "H"R (Harav?) Zev".

Dovid Shapiro

Re: Cohen and Charlevil from Charleville France #france

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,

Dear Joelle,

A search on "Charleville" with Wikippedia gives 3 results in France:

·         Charleville #1, a very old town (established 1606) of Ardennes (Department, Dpt, 08), melted in Charleville-Mézières for 1966, a few kilometers from Belgium & Luxembourg borders.

·         Charleville-sous-Bois #2, very small village (< 200 pax before 1780) of Moselle (Dpt 57, province of Lorraine),

·         Charleville #3, very small village (< 200 pax before 1780) of Marne (Dpt 51) 


Best probability is this Cohen family living in Charleville #1, it was from the start a important town with his prince Charles 1er Gonzague (1580-1637) who wished to build a emblematic city:


If we search "Departmental Archives", as we can on any French department:


we can find Charleville's vital records from ... 1613!


But, there is always a "but" in genealogy, you must remember that in these good old times, these vital records were managed in France by Catholics churches.

So Jewish vital records don't appear in these books, you have to wait after French Revolution (1789) ...

I hope you may find other sources.


Bernard Flam

Archives & History of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund, Workmen Circle of France)



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